Lawrence makes history in winning Irwin Lockington Salver

Edward Lawrence created a little bit of history when he became the first player to win a singles competition at Dundalk Golf Club played under the World Handicap System. Although the WHS came into force on January 1, the COVID-19 lockdown meant singles competitions didn’t resume until the last weekend in May.

The opening competition of the season was the long-established Irwin Lockington Salver, which was first played for in 1961, and the 60th anniversary of this competition attracted a field of 220 players.

Lawrence, playing off 23 under the new handicap system, got off to the perfect start with two three-point pars from his opening two holes and added another three points at the index one fourth where he had two strokes. Two-point returns at the other six holes on the front nine saw him turn in 21pts.

His back nine was somewhat more erratic. He covered the nine holes in 20pts but that score was bookended by blanks at the 10th and 18th. Over the other seven holes he managed a four-point birdie at the index six 15th, three-point pars at the 14th, 16th and 17th and a three-point bogey at the index two 11th.

As it turned out, he didn’t have cause to regret either blank. Kieran McCann, playing off 32, and Emmet McCabe-Savage, off seven, both came home in 40pts with McCann edging out the low man on countback.

Aaron Grant (+2) took the gross prize with 35pts while the Divisional honours went to Aidan Thornton (6), Aidan Gaughran (15) and Brian Mulroy (28).  

Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30 – Irwin Lockington Salver Prize – Overall (Winner) Edward Lawrence, (23) 41pts. Overall (Runner up) Kieran McCann (32) 40pts, Overall (3rd Place) Emmet McCabe-Savage (7) 40pts. Gross Prize: Aaron Grant (+2) 35pts. Division 1 (up to 10.2): Aidan Thornton (6) 39pts, Connor McCaughey (8) 38pts. Division 2 (up to 16.5): Aidan Gaughran (15) 38pts, Dennis Cunningham (12) 38pts. Division 3 (up to 54.0): Brian Mulroy (28) 37pts, Martin McDonnell (23) 35pts.


Blistering finish propels McShane to victory in Irwin Lockington Salver

A blistering back nine was the key to success for Nicholas McShane (15) as he captured the Irwin Lockington Salver.

McShane shot an impressive 42pts to win by two points from Padraig Hassett (20) but it was a return of 24pts down the back nine that sealed the deal for him.

He started well with a three point par at the first followed by a pair of two point bogeys but then blanked the par four index one fourth to lie on seven points after four holes. He bounced back from that setback with a three point par at the fifth and then picked up two points at each of the next four holes to turn on 18pts.

A birdie for four points on the par five 10th was the ideal way to commence the run for home and although he had to settle for one point following a double bogey at the 11th he again showed his ability to bounce back quickly by parring the 12th for three points. He had no shots at the next two holes so his pars at 13 and 14 only yielded two point apiece but his run of pars continued over the final four holes and each yielded three points as he came home in a breath-taking 24pts. His back nine had yielded seven successive pars from the 12th and a birdie as he covered the homeward nine in 37, one over par gross.

 Hassett had roared out of the traps at the start of his his round and gathered 22 points over the front nine after six three point pars at the first, second, fifth, sixth eighth and ninth. It could have been better but for a blank at the difficult par five seventh. He had another blank at the par four 16th on the back nine which he covered in 18pts where the highlights were a four point par at the index two 11th and three points pars at the 13th and 15th.

Aaron Grant took the gross prize with a round of 34pts that included an eagle three at the par five 10th. Conall Mullins (12), Brian McDonnell (13) and Paul Morgan (23) were the category winners with Lee Egan continuing his fine season by winning the Juvenile Prize.

Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 – Irwin Lockington Salver Singles Stableford – Overall: Nicholas Mac Shane (15) 42pts, Padraig Hassett (20) 40pts. Gross Winner : Aaron Grant (+1) 34pts. Category 1 (0-12): Conall Mullins (12) 37/21pts, Joseph Laverty (4) 37/20pts. Category 2 (13-18): Brian McDonnell (13) 39/21pts, Cathal Purcell (16) 39pts. Category 3 (19+): Paul Morgan (23) 39pts. Conor Martin (19) 38/22pts. Juvenile: Lee Egan (15) 34pts. CSS: Saturday – 35pts, Sunday 36pts.

Coburn goes low to win Irwin Lockington Salver

Eighteen handicapper Colm Coburn shot one of the best rounds in recent times around Dundalk when he returned a nine under par 63 on Sunday to win the Irwin Lockington Salver by five shots.

Two birdie twos at the par three ninth and 17th were key to his low round as he came home with an impressive gross score of 81.

He went out in 32 nett thanks to that birde at the ninth and pars at the second, seventh and eighth with his only blemish being a double bogey five at the par three fifth.

The strong wind certainly didn’t deter Coburn and on the back nine he parred the 10th and 13th before birdieing the 17th and parring the final hole as he came home in 31 nett.

Noel Crowe (24) with a net 68 led the chasing pack while Fergal Harte (6) with a 76 had the day’s best gross score and James Reilly (17) with a 73 won the Juvenile Prize. The Category prizes went to Fergal Sexton (9), Dermot McKenna (17) and John Oakes (26)

Sunday, June 2 – Irwin Lockington Salver – Overall: Colm Coburn (18) 63, Noel Crowe (24) 68. Gross: Fergal Harte (6) 76. Category 1 (0-11): Fergal Sexton (9) 69, Jim Caraher (8) 71. Category 2 (12-17): Dermot McKenna (17) 74/36.5, Gerard O’Keeffe (13) 74. Category 3 (18+): John Oakes (26) 72/35, George Rogers (20) 72. Best Juvenile: James Reilly (17) 73. CSS: 73.

First major as teenager Laverty wins Irwin Lockington Salver

Teenager Joseph Laverty landed the first major of his young career when he produced a superb five-under par 67 to take the Irwin Lockington Salver in perfect conditions on Sunday.

Playing alongside seasoned veterans Edward Rogers and Clem Walshe, 14-year-old Laverty played some fine golf from tee to green in compiling a round that included one birdie, 13 pars, three bogeys and a double-bogey six at the short par four 14th.

His birdie came at the par three 13th and the cornerstone of his round was a run of seven consecutive pars from the fourth hole as the nine handicapper signed for 76 gross and a 67 nett.

That was enough to pip Frank Byrne (8) who almost pulled off a memorable weekend double having managed, along with his assistant Larry Soraghan, the club’s All-Ireland Fourball team to the Leinster quarter-finals on Saturday with a great 3-2 win over Headfort.

Byrne shot a four under par 68 and took second overall on countback from Austin Carroll (16). Carroll had the consolation of winning Category 2 with Nicholas McKeown (10) winning Category 1 and Patsy Arrowsmith (17) claiming Category 3. Another of the club’s young tigers, Josh Mackin (1), claimed the Gross Prize with a three-over par 75.

Sunday, June 3 – Irwin Lockington Salver – Overall: Joseph Laverty (9) 67, Frank Byrne (8) 68/32. Gross: Josh Mackin (1) 75. Category 1 (0 -11): Nicholas McKeown (10) 71/36, Dillon Greene (5) 71. Category 2 (12-16): Austin Carroll (16) 68, Oliver English (13) 69/29.5. Category 3 (17-28): Patsy Arrowsmith (17) 69, Colm Coburn (19) 70/33.5. CSS: 72.


Johnson wins Irwin Lockington Salver

Eight handicapper Ciaran Johnson has had a week to remember. After finishing second in Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford competition he went one better on Sunday to claim the Irwin Lockington Salver.

The winner’s podium looked a long way off on Sunday when Johnson stood on the fourth tee after double-bogeys at the first and third but he parred the index one and then went par-birdie-par-birdie-par-birdie-par over the next seven holes before parring his way from the 11th to the 15th,

He then double-bogeyed the par four 16th but recovered to finish with back to back pars and record a nett score of 68 have gone out in 35 nett and returned home in 33 nett. That was enough to pip Colm Coburn (20) by one shot on countback after both had finished on 68

Peter Rogers (2) with a one-under par 71 returned the best gross while category winners were Vincent Conlon (7), Ollie Reilly (16) and Fergal McKenna (18)

Earlier in the week Brendan Lawlor (2) shot 38pts to win Wednesday’s Open Singles Stableford by two points from Johnson.

Sunday, September 24 – Irwin Lockington Salver – Overall: Ciaran Johnson (8) 68/33, Colm Coburn (20)  68/34. Gross: Peter Rogers (2) 71. Category 1 (0-11): Vincent Conlon (7) 69/35, Cathal Muckian (11) 69. Category 2 (12-17): Ollie Reilly (16) 68. Dessie Ward (13) 69/34. Category 3 (18-28): Fergal McKenna (18) 69 Gavin McDonnell (19) 70. CSS: 72.